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The potential of a pandemic spread in our schools and among young people is a major concern. TeachersFirst's editors have collected this helpful information for teachers, students, and parents to better understand pandemics, how they spread, and what you can do to stay healthy. We have also included numerous resources sharing ways that teachers are available to help through remote teaching, disseminating correct information, teaching students media literacy, and promoting proper hygiene. Share these resources with your colleagues and families to keep them informed during public health crises.

 

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Coronavirus - BrainPOP

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Get the facts on how coronavirus works, how it spreads, and the best ways to prevent the spread with this video and the related activities from BrainPOP. The video shares ...more
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Get the facts on how coronavirus works, how it spreads, and the best ways to prevent the spread with this video and the related activities from BrainPOP. The video shares information in a matter-of-fact manner without hyperbole or scare tactics. Use the additional tools to create movies, print a graphic organizer and worksheet, and to make a map. Supplementary materials for educators include a standards-based lesson for use with the BrainPOP video and related materials.

tag(s): diseases (78), respiration (17)

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Use the video found on this site and the related materials as a starting point for students to understand the coronavirus and its effects on their community and the country. Incorporate resources from this site as part of a digital learning unit using TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. In addition to materials from BrainPOP include YouTube videos, documents you create, and quizzes. Ask students to demonstrate and enhance their learning using materials such as those found at Class Tools, reviewed here. Have students use the Szoter, reviewed here, to upload a picture of their learning area and add "hotspots" showing surfaces where the virus might be found. Use the Crossword Generator and ask students to create crosswords to practice vocabulary, or have students use Qwikslides, reviewed here, to create and share a presentation about the coronavirus.
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Communications Resources for Coronavirus - Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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K to 12
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Find fact-based resources directly from the CDC to share with parents and students, available in several languages. Select Print Resources to find and print fact sheets, posters, and...more
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Find fact-based resources directly from the CDC to share with parents and students, available in several languages. Select Print Resources to find and print fact sheets, posters, and infectious disease guides. Choose the video portion of the website to view videos of the latest updates and guidelines from the CDC, including American Sign Language YouTube videos. Other resources available include a coronavirus widget to embed into a website along with additional guidance for travelers and Public Health Communicators.

tag(s): diseases (78)

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Take advantage of the many free, and updated, resources to share factual information about the coronavirus with families on your website. Use the posters and infographics as models, then have students create fact-based communications and information sheets using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, or templates found at Canva Edu, reviewed here. Enhance learning and have students share information with others by creating a website using Carrd, reviewed here, and update it daily with the latest information. Consider extending learning by starting a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to deliver news regularly. Ask students to write scripts then take on the role of a journalist as they keep your community informed.
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What Students Should Know About the Coronavirus - PBS Newshour

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Learn about the coronavirus through two short videos and discussion questions provided by PBS Newshour. Each video shares a clip from a Newshour broadcast then provides a series of...more
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Learn about the coronavirus through two short videos and discussion questions provided by PBS Newshour. Each video shares a clip from a Newshour broadcast then provides a series of discussion questions and extension activities. View the videos online or download using the link provided. Sign up to receive the latest email education and teaching updates from PBS Newshour.

tag(s): diseases (78)

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Use the videos from this site and accompanying questions as the starting point for any lesson focusing on coronavirus, disease, or health. Share the videos with students using EdPuzzle, reviewed here. Use EdPuzzle to add comments, questions, and point out highlights within the videos. Enhance learning and have students share their understanding of the topic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create infographics that explain the origins of viruses, the spread of disease, or information about how the coronavirus has impacted your community or state.

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Coronavirus: Multilingual Resources for Schools - Colorin Colorado

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As coronavirus takes hold across the globe, it is vital to keep all families up to date with the latest news and information. Colorin Colorado provides updated information, fact sheets,...more
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As coronavirus takes hold across the globe, it is vital to keep all families up to date with the latest news and information. Colorin Colorado provides updated information, fact sheets, posters, and more for students and families of English Language Learners. Virtually all of the materials shared on the site include English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese versions.
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tag(s): chinese (50), diseases (78), spanish (111)

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Take advantage of the materials available in Spanish or Chinese to share information about the coronavirus with foreign language speaking families in your community. Help families stay up to date with the latest information by creating and sharing a Padlet, reviewed here, with the latest news from all of your resources. Create columns in your Padlet to sort information by the language used or by resources available for students and adult information. Engage all members of the community by using a translator app such as the Microsoft Translator, reviewed here, to converse with parents and share information without language barriers.
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Coronavirus Lesson Plans and Resources - Share My Lesson

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This collection of coronavirus resources provides an excellent starting point for finding lessons, posters, and ideas for remote teaching for all grade levels. Materials include coronavirus...more
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This collection of coronavirus resources provides an excellent starting point for finding lessons, posters, and ideas for remote teaching for all grade levels. Materials include coronavirus facts, history lessons relating to pandemics, and distance learning tips and hints. Choose any link to view a summary of the content, register to gain free access to all teaching materials.

tag(s): diseases (78), hygiene (13), preK (287)

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Be sure to see the many free resources found on this site for use during health lessons. Add the ideas for implementing remote learning to your toolkit of ideas to use for unexpected school shutdowns due to weather, power failure, or any other unforeseen circumstances. Use Wakelet, reviewed here, to create templates for student lessons and responses, then copy the template and edit to fit the needs of your remote lesson. Incorporate the coronavirus lessons into your current health and science lessons to teach students about the spread of disease. Enhance learning by using Google My Maps, reviewed here, for digital storytelling to demonstrate the flow of diseases across the globe. Ask students to use an animated video creation tool like Powtoon, reviewed here, to share their understanding of the spread of disease. Create your video together with younger students, or ask older students to create videos to demonstrate learning.
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Grades 6-8 Research Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Student research projects are perfect for use in remote teaching lessons, and this collection of resources provides tips and instructional tools perfect for at-home learning. The sites...more
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Student research projects are perfect for use in remote teaching lessons, and this collection of resources provides tips and instructional tools perfect for at-home learning. The sites contained in this Wakelet collection include a safe search option and an organizational tool for student use. Learn how to use these tools and get ideas for use with the links shared to TeachersFirst blogs and Special Topics pages.

tag(s): professional development (255), Research (32), search engines (62)

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Share ideas found in the collection with students to use from start to finish with research projects. Encourage student collaboration using Fiskkit, reviewed here. Fiskkit is a tool for sharing and commenting on online articles. Share articles found during research and ask students to highlight important content and share their thoughts with peers.

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Grades 6-8 eBooks Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Remote teaching doesn't have to be complicated. Get off to a great start with this collection of free eBook resources to use and share with students in grades 6-8. These ...more
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Remote teaching doesn't have to be complicated. Get off to a great start with this collection of free eBook resources to use and share with students in grades 6-8. These resources include links to public domain eBooks, audiobooks, Kindle books, and podcasts. Enjoy new ideas in this collection to find ideas for summertime reading suggestions just for teachers.

tag(s): audio books (24), ebooks (35), podcasts (61), professional development (255)

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Take advantage of your remote teaching lessons to offer a variety of reading suggestions to your students. Browse through the free books offered and create a list of suggestions based on your knowledge of student interests and abilities. Encourage communication and collaboration between your students through the use of Padlet, reviewed here. Use Padlet to share links to your book suggestions, then ask students to add comments and reviews.

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Grades 6-8 Social Studies Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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This collection shares a few simple tools and tips to get you started with remote teaching social studies for students in grades 6-8. The tips provide specific ideas for maintaining...more
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This collection shares a few simple tools and tips to get you started with remote teaching social studies for students in grades 6-8. The tips provide specific ideas for maintaining a calendar and sharing due dates with students. The instructional tool shared, Mission US, reviewed here, includes five simulations that engage students while learning about US History. Other ideas found in this collection provide links and resources for assessment and additional interactive challenges for your remote teaching needs.

tag(s): civil rights (140), game based learning (159), immigration (71), native americans (84), professional development (255)

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Use the suggestions found in this Wakelet collection to set up a calendar for your students to participate in your learning activities. As suggested on the site, use Edublog, reviewed here, as an assessment tool. Ask students to share their progress through the interactives and discuss their problem-solving process when making decisions.

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Grades 6-8 Math & Science Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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It doesn't have to be difficult to teach remotely. This collection shares tips and online resources for use in teaching math and science for grades 6-8 in remote situations. The ...more
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It doesn't have to be difficult to teach remotely. This collection shares tips and online resources for use in teaching math and science for grades 6-8 in remote situations. The tips share guidelines for getting started and maintaining schedules. Also key is the need for student interaction; the tips also share ideas for maintaining classroom community even during remote lessons. Use instructional tools included in this collection, PhET Interactive Simulations, reviewed here, and tips to provide practice and exploration of many math and science topics. This collection also includes ideas for formative assessment based on the use of the PhET Simulations.

tag(s): game based learning (159), problem solving (284), professional development (255)

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Take advantage of your remote teaching experience to provide students with engaging interactives and games using PhET Simulations. Copy the Wakelet template shared on the site and modify student directions to fit the activity and your learning goals. If you need quick training on the use of Flipgrid or Wakelet, use the links in this collection to view archived webinars sharing how to incorporate each of these resources into the classroom.

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Grades 6-8 ELA Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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This Wakelet collection provides resources to fill in instructional gaps with tools and tips that require little guidance for student use. The "General Tips" share a path to getting...more
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This Wakelet collection provides resources to fill in instructional gaps with tools and tips that require little guidance for student use. The "General Tips" share a path to getting started and recommendations for implementing remote learning activities. The "Instructional Tools" shares a free tool that incorporates seamlessly into at-home learning. "Show What They Know" provides resources for formative assessment along with guidelines for using the assessment tool.

tag(s): assessment (127), Learning Management Systems (24), literacy (110), professional development (255)

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Discover the many recommendations and tools found in this collection to provide a variety of learning opportunities to your students. When using CommonLit, reviewed here, use the classroom feature to assign topics by student ability or interest. Don't forget to use the site's large Spanish library that includes reading passages and questions as a resource for Spanish speaking students.

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The Hand-Washing Challenge - learnalberta.ca

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This site demonstrates how important it is to keep hands clean before different activities. The video of a chef explaining the importance of hand washing precedes several activities....more
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This site demonstrates how important it is to keep hands clean before different activities. The video of a chef explaining the importance of hand washing precedes several activities. After each activity (no interaction here), you select the steps to hand washing.

tag(s): hygiene (13)

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Use this in kindergarten to show students the importance of washing hands after using the restroom or before eating. Keep your classroom healthy this flu season by making hygiene a theme of the week. This would also be good to have on a computer at a center as a reminder to primary grade students. ESL/ELL students will enjoy learning the limited vocabulary that comes with the hand washing steps.
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Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically - New York Times and Katherine Schulten

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Stay up to date with the latest information for working, at school or home, using the information found online at the New York Times. Resources include weekly quizzes, writing prompts,...more
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Stay up to date with the latest information for working, at school or home, using the information found online at the New York Times. Resources include weekly quizzes, writing prompts, interactive graphs, and much more. Suggested prompts employ information found on the front page of the newspaper as the starting point for KWL (what you know, want to know, what you learned) charts, and exploration of graphs and charts. Additional activities include questions that promote critical thinking and debate, along with links to resources to use within these debates.

tag(s): diseases (78), Online Learning (16), professional development (255)

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Be sure to bookmark this site as an important resource for lessons about the coronavirus and also as a resource for implementing online teaching activities. Incorporate ideas and activities found on this site into a blended learning system such as ActivelyLearn, reviewed here or TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. Both of these sites include features to create remote lessons with text, videos, and quizzes and provide educators instant feedback on student understanding. As students develop an understanding of the effects and makeup of the coronavirus, use Szoter, reviewed here, to upload and label an image sharing their knowledge. For example, have younger students upload a picture of their home, then label different surfaces with a short sentence on how they can spread or receive germs. For older students, ask them to use Szoter o label the different areas found in the community that leads to the spread of disease.
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Grades 3-5 Research Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Take your remote teaching activities to the next level with these research resources for grades 3-5. Each suggestion includes information about the online resource and how to get started....more
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Take your remote teaching activities to the next level with these research resources for grades 3-5. Each suggestion includes information about the online resource and how to get started. Additional resources include links to TeachersFirst blogs and other primary source links with ideas for classroom use.

tag(s): professional development (255), Research (32)

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Incorporate videos, articles, and quizzes found in the National Geographic link as part of an overall learning experience using TES Blendspace, reviewed here. As students complete their research projects provide a variety of options for sharing their learning. Ideas to include as options include Adobe Spark, reviewed here, My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and Anchor podcasts, reviewed here.

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Grades 3-5 eBooks Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Nurture a love of reading with this collection of eBook resources specifically designed for educators of students in grades 3-5. General tips provide guidelines to help you to get started...more
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Nurture a love of reading with this collection of eBook resources specifically designed for educators of students in grades 3-5. General tips provide guidelines to help you to get started and organize your remote learning activities. The instructional tools share sites that offer instant access to eBooks, learning videos, quizzes, and more. Don't forget to check out the additional resources section with links to TeachersFirst blogs sharing other ideas for incorporating reading resources into all curriculums.

tag(s): ebooks (35), professional development (255), Research (32)

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Share a link to the eBook resources with parents and students. Create a list of student suggestions and reviews to help students choose books that match their interests and ability. Encourage students to share book reviews by creating online books with images, video, and audio using Book Creator, reviewed here.

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Grades 3-5 Social Studies Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Remote teaching involves a different mindset than in-classroom lessons. This collection shares tips, resources, and assessment tools to get remote learning off to a successful start....more
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Remote teaching involves a different mindset than in-classroom lessons. This collection shares tips, resources, and assessment tools to get remote learning off to a successful start. Follow the advice to encourage continued interactions with students through the use of digital tools. Use the instructional tools to provide interactive learning activities. Follow up learning activities using the assessment suggestions offered in the collection. Extend learning with continued use of the shared resources following your return to your regular classroom routines.

tag(s): branches of government (61), capitals (22), maps (293), professional development (255)

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Provide students with a variety of online learning tools using a bookmarking tool like Padlet, reviewed here. Use the column feature to organize information by topic. As students create Adobe Spark Videos reviewed here to share learning, be sure to include a link to each student's creations on your class webpage for all to see.

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Grades 3-5 Math & Science Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Do you need ideas for remote teaching of math and science? This Wakelet collection shares tips, teaching tools, and assessment resources for quick implementation of at-home lessons....more
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Do you need ideas for remote teaching of math and science? This Wakelet collection shares tips, teaching tools, and assessment resources for quick implementation of at-home lessons. These math and science suggestions provide high-quality support for use in any classroom and remote teaching situation.

tag(s): assessment (127), Learning Management Systems (24), professional development (255)

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As you start remote teaching, be sure to provide parents with as much support and information as possible. Use the Shorts feature of FlipGrid, reviewed here, to create short videos with instructions and information for completing lessons and activities. Share the URL to the video with parents on your class webpage or through email. Use FlipGrid to set up a topic to support parents and students and answer questions. Consider this topic to be your virtual office and make sure to respond to questions promptly.

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Grades 3-5 ELA Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Augment your remote teaching resources with this collection of instructional tools and tips for sharing ELA resources for students in grades 3-5. Take advantage of the General Tips...more
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Augment your remote teaching resources with this collection of instructional tools and tips for sharing ELA resources for students in grades 3-5. Take advantage of the General Tips provided to plan and implement remote teaching activities. The Instructional Tools section includes several free resources for finding and sharing ELA lessons and activities. Have students "Show What They Know" using the formative assessment ideas contained in the collection.

tag(s): differentiation (57), Formative Assessment (23), independent reading (116), professional development (255)

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Take advantage of the tools included in this collection to differentiate instruction both in-class and during remote learning. Use Freckle, reviewed here to create a class account and assign lessons based on student interest and ability across subject areas. Use Voki, reviewed here, as recommended in this collection, to have students create animated characters. Have students create a Voki to discuss a book they read, share a solution to a math problem, or to discuss a science concept.

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K-2 eBooks: Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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If access to a physical library is limited for any reason, this collection shares tips and online resources to find quality eBooks for young students. Use the General Tips section ...more
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If access to a physical library is limited for any reason, this collection shares tips and online resources to find quality eBooks for young students. Use the General Tips section to find support and ideas for locating eBooks to share when teaching remotely. The Instructional Tools portion of the collection includes several links to online digital and audiobooks curated explicitly for young children.

tag(s): audio books (24), ebooks (35), listening (81), professional development (255)

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Use this collection to share digital and audiobooks with parents to encourage reading at home. Curate a collection of books for your students and share it with parents using Symbaloo, reviewed here. Symbaloo is an excellent bookmarking tool to use with young students due to the easy to use design and use of icons for identifying information readily.

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K-2 Social Studies Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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If you are teaching remotely on short notice, this collection is for you! The simple tips and tools share free resources to get started with providing social studies instruction to...more
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If you are teaching remotely on short notice, this collection is for you! The simple tips and tools share free resources to get started with providing social studies instruction to our youngest students. Browse through to find ideas on using 'listen and read' activities along with a plan for students to share what they know.

tag(s): animals (321), careers (151), communities (43), preK (287)

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Use the Scholastic Listen and Read activities, reviewed here, to provide a variety of reading options to your students. Differentiate instruction based on ability levels and types of activities. Use Voki, reviewed here, to have students role-play a community member found in the reading activities. Share student Vokis on your class website for all to see.

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K-2 Math & Science Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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This collection shares a few simple, free math and science tools to start remote teaching K-2 students. In addition to links to the instructional tools, this resource provides tips...more
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This collection shares a few simple, free math and science tools to start remote teaching K-2 students. In addition to links to the instructional tools, this resource provides tips to steer you toward success. Helpful tips include suggestions for assisting parents in using math and science resources at home.

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Take advantage of the suggestions included in this collection to begin remote teaching with younger students. Share ideas with parents with specific content and methods for student use. Use this opportunity to engage students in math and science with interesting activities. For example, suggest that parents and students listen to the Brains On! podcast, reviewed here, and then share their learning using ABCya Animation, reviewed here. Share all of the students' completed GIFs on your class website as a way to keep students connected even when not in school.

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